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Czech designer sex toys in production following successful crowdfunding campaign

29-07-2015 15:06 | Jan Velinger

Photo: archive of Anna Marešová Designer Anna Marešová first made headlines several years ago when her whoop.de.doo sex toys won the main National Student Design Award. Since, she has gone professional. Just recently she oversaw a crowdfunding campaign which raised almost 40,000 US dollars for the product line.  More

Current Affairs

Prelate’s reaction to church hosting of Pride events shows discrimination is real, says organiser

29-07-2015 14:20 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: Miloslav Hamřík, ČRo The head of the Czech Roman Catholic church has criticised plans to host events in August’s Prague Pride LGBT festival at the city’s parish of St. Salvatore, headed by priest and professor Tomáš Halík. In a statement, Cardinal Dominik Duka said it was inappropriate for the church to be involved with events advocating for interests sharply at odds with its own.  More

Rare Northern white rhino dies at Czech zoo, leaving just four in the world

29-07-2015 13:13 | Jan Velinger

Photo: Barbora Kmentová Thirty-two-year-old Nabire, one of the last Northern white rhinos on Earth, died at Dvůr Králové Zoo in the Czech Republic on Monday night from complications from a ruptured cyst. Her death brings the number of surviving Northern white rhinos to just four: three live on the Ol Pejeta Reserve in Kenya and one at the San Diego Zoo in the US. Jan Velinger has the details.  More

Current Affairs

Czech interior minister calls for closer regional cooperation to tackle migrant crisis

28-07-2015 15:26 | Daniela Lazarová

Milan Chovanec and Johanna Mikl-Leitner, Photo: ČTK The Czech Republic is calling for closer regional cooperation in dealing with the ongoing migrant crisis in Europe. At a meeting in the south Moravian border town of Mikulov, Czech Interior Minister Milan Chovanec and Austrian Interior Minister Johanna...  More

Cycle streets proposed by ministry in bid to boost town and city cyclists

28-07-2015 12:47 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: Jan Rosenauer, ČRo Once a fairly rare species in towns and cities, cyclists are increasingly common in the Czech Republic even in cities and hilly areas where the habitat is not so welcoming. Proposed changes in the law from the Ministry of Transport are now looking to...  More

In Focus

Guidebook lifts lid on little known haunts of the secret police

28-07-2015 12:23 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: Academia Publishing House Guidebooks are fairly common fare in Prague during the height of the tourism season. But one with a difference which has come out and takes the visitor and local both near the tourist hotspots and off the beaten path. It is in fact a guide to the sites used by the Communist-era secret police in the capital. The author is Prokop Tomek, an historian at the Prague’s Military History Institute and an expert on many aspects of the workings of the former secret police and intelligence service. I asked him first of all where the inspiration for the book first came from.   More

One on One

Lenka Lichtenberg, Part 2: Czech synagogue recordings perhaps biggest project of my life

27-07-2015 14:21 | Ian Willoughby

Lenka Lichtenberg, photo: ČT Singer Lenka Lichtenberg was born in Prague where she was a child star with the Semafor theatre in the 1960s. Several years after her emigration to Canada, and well into her career as a singer, she began performing songs in Yiddish. When I asked her...  More

Sports News

Sports News

27-07-2015 14:20 | Ian Willoughby

Zuzana Hejnová, photo: ČTK In Sports News this Monday: Czechs target playoffs spot after drawing Germany in 2018 World Cup qualifiers; winning start for Plzeň as league begins; König helps Froome to Tour de France victory; and Hejnová wins in London as Špotáková misses top spot by one centimetre.   More

Sunday Music Show

Lenka Lichtenberg’s Songs from the Breathing Walls – a poignant tribute to lost Jewish communities

26-07-2015 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

Lenka Lichtenberg, photo: archive of Lenka Lichtenberg Prague-born, Canada-based Lenka Lichtenberg recorded the haunting Songs from the Breathing Walls at a dozen synagogues in Bohemia and Moravia. Chiefly comprising Jewish liturgical pieces the wonderful 17-track CD, released in 2012, represents a poignant...  More

My Prague

My Prague – Nora Fridrichová

25-07-2015 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

Nora Fridrichová and her daughter at Stromovka, photo: Ian Willoughby TV journalist Nora Fridrichová presents the irreverent political programme 168 hodin (168 Hours), which famously unearthed the video of Václav Klaus pocketing a pen that became an international hit. From Pardubice in East Bohemia, Fridrichová came to the capital to study and today lives in the leafy Troja district. But our tour of “her Prague” begins in Karlín, which like several other districts near the city centre has become increasingly hip in recent years.   More

Czech Life

Prague was never considered bike-friendly in the past: have things changed?

25-07-2015 02:01 | Jan Velinger

Photo: Tomáš Vodňanský In this week’s Czech Life, I talk to Vratislav Filler of the NGO Auto*Mat which advocates sustainable development in Prague. In our interview we discuss Blanka Tunnel, traffic congestion and what is needed to make the capital more cyclist-friendly.   More

An American foodie goes to Prague

A Czech cafeteria that serves all of the classic dishes from grandmother’s house

25-07-2015 02:01 | Halley Crane

Moravian sparrow, photo: CzechTourism Even though I am not blessed with a Czech grandmother who can offer me some of the traditional dishes from Czech cuisine, I discovered the next best thing in the form of a classic Czech cafeteria in the centre of Old Town. Havelská Koruna is one of the...  More

Arts

Travelling exhibition brings together more than 500 Bibles from private collections

24-07-2015 15:01 | Jan Velinger

Photo: CTK A travelling exhibition entitled The Bible: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow, on in the eastern city of Ostrava, is giving visitors the opportunity to view than 500 different versions of the “Good Book” but also other items including Biblical prints by...  More

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